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24 April 2024

Katy Bishop, Editor


Monthly Dance Party

April 27 8:00pm Belmont, MA

Come dance with us at the FAC Monthly Dance Party this Saturday!

Das Goot will be the usual talented tribe (did you know “tribe” is one of the collective nouns for goats?): Dean Brown, Ralph Iverson, Heather Lee, Julia Poirier, David Skidmore, Dana Sussman, David Traugot, Brian Wilson, Niki Yeracaris, and stalwart band herder—I mean, leader—Patrick Yacono.

They will play for our dancing and listening pleasure, and Mari Young will run a program based on requests. It will also be Zoomed, so if you cannot make it in person, join us online. Contributions to the refreshments table are always welcome. Don’t miss it!

Access the free Zoom link in our shop.

--Janet Yeracaris

Melrose Community Dance

April 28 10:30am Melrose, MA

Brought to you by the generosity of Molly's Bookstore, The Melrose Arts Council, and the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts, I am delighted to lead the second of a series of four community dances in Melrose this coming Sunday morning!

Featuring dances from Bulgaria to French Canada, and lots of places in-between, we will dance, cavort, laugh, and create community together.

Bring friends! Bring kids! Bring your parents! Really - one can't ask for the better start to a weekend day!


Note: There is no Thursday or Friday Night Dance this week due to the church's annual rummage sale.

Mostly Waltz

April 28 • 2:00pmConcord, MA

Come join us on Sunday afternoon for waltzing and couple dancing at the Scout House, featuring the driving music of Eric Eid-Reiner and Ron Grosslein of Moving Violations.

Tim Lamm will teach American slow waltz basics for the pre-dance lesson from 2 - 3pm, including some variations that work for moderate tempos too. We hope to see you there! 

--Diane Gonzales

FAC Fundraising Auction

Item Drop-off this weekend!

It’s getting close to the deadline for the Gala Committee to receive your no-longer-wanted treasures for our upcoming MaxSold auction!


This weekend, April 27 and 28, we will be at the Folk Arts Center office, at 10 Franklin St. in Stoneham, to welcome your donations:


  • Saturday, 10am - 2pm
  • Sunday, 11am - 2pm


If you prefer to make special arrangements to deliver your donations to locations in Newton or Arlington, please contact Janet Nelson.


MaxSold has an audience of resellers, antique dealers, and collectors who will bid in our auction, with all the winning bids going to FAC! So please plan to get your items to us this weekend. We can supply you with a receipt for tax purposes. Contact Janet with any questions. 

--Janet Nelson


Special Events

May 8 - 16: FAC Benefit Auction (online) item drop off April 27 and 28

Dance & Music Series

Saturday, April 27: Monthly Dance Party with Das Goot (Belmont, MA and online)

Sunday, April 28: Melrose Community Dances (Melrose, MA)

Sunday, April 28: Mostly Waltz with Eric Eid-Reiner & Ron Grosslein (Concord, MA)

Thursday, May 2: Thursday Night Folk Dancing (Arlington, MA)

Friday, May 10: Friday Night Folk Dancing (Arlington, MA)

Camps and Tours

June 20 - 27: Pinewoods International Sessions (Plymouth, MA)

August 30 - September 3: Labor Day Weekend at Pinewoods (Plymouth, MA)

October 17 - 31: Autumn in Bulgaria Cultural Tour with Iliana Bozhanova and Todor Yankov

This week's contributors:

Anna Alter: FAC Program Manager

Nick Bishop: Tech troubleshooter, Updates proofreader

Diane Gonzales: Mostly Waltz coordinator

Janet Nelson: FAC Gala Committee

Marcie Van Cleave: FAC Executive Director

Janet Yeracaris: Monthly Dance coordinator

The Folk Arts Center of New England is a nonprofit organization promoting participation in the traditional dance and music of many cultures. FAC sponsors community dances, annual camps, workshops, and other programs in the greater Boston area, elsewhere in New England, and online.

The Folk Arts Center thanks

the Massachusetts Cultural Council

for its generous support.